Pacers Finish Gentlemen's Sweep Of Magic, Become First East Team To Advance

The Indiana Pacers closed out a 4-1 series win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, becoming the first team in the East bracket to advance to the second round.

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Stan Van Gundy Wants To Return To Magic, But Doesn't Give 'A Damn' About Speculation

Stan Van Gundy's status as head coach of the Orlando Magic has been up in the air for quite awhile, fair or not, due to his relationship with Dwight Howard among other things. It seems that whether the affable coach returns to Orlando's sidelines next year will be a hot topic going forward.

For the time being, though, Van Gundy says he isn't worried about what happens next. The best part is that he addressed the questions surrounding his future in the most SVG way possible.

"I want to come back, but that's not up to me," Van Gundy told reporters at the press conference following his team's loss in the first round of the playoffs at the hands of the Indiana Pacers. "As far as the speculation, I would say the same thing I've been saying all year: Who gives a damn?

"They'll make a decision when they make a decision. I'm not going to worry about it, I'll tell you that."

His attitude regarding the future seems a bit out there, but it's become par for the course, as he's been jerked around the last couple of seasons in Orlando. The always-excellent David Aldridge went into a bit of detail regarding what's going to happen next with the Magic, in a column posted at NBA.com on Wednesday morning.

But Van Gundy's demanding, relentless style soon became an issue for Howard and other players. General manager Otis Smith told Van Gundy he had to ease up and be more positive, and Van Gundy made a great effort to do so the last couple of years. But Orlando has not been able to get back near the top, losing in the first round each of the last two seasons.

The Magic traditionally take time after the season to make major decisions. Smith does not conduct the postseason "exit interviews" with players that most teams have, figuring everyone knows what happened during the year and needs time away from one another to decompress.

It'd be pretty unfortunate if Van Gundy were run out of the building just because the players don't like his style, but when teams are paying quite a bit more in salary to those on the court rather than the guys on the sideline directing them on what to do, it makes sense that ownership's loyalty doesn't always stay with the head coach.

Considering some of the antics around Dwight Howard this season, however, there are probably quite a few people on Team Van Gundy in this situation. After a second consecutive exit in the first round of the playoffs, though, it's not hard to see both sides of the coin.

For a fan's perspective on the Pacers and Magic, check out Indy Cornrows and Orlando Pinstriped Post. For complete coverage of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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Pacers Vs. Magic, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 5: Final Score, Indiana Advances With 105-87 Win

Jameer Nelson did his best to try to keep the Orlando Magic in the NBA Playoffs for at least one more game in the first three quarters of their game against the Indiana Pacers, but in the fourth quarter, his offense dried up. As his offense dried up, so did the rest of the Magic's, and their defense wasn't any better. A close game through three quarters turned into a blowout in the fourth quarter, as the Pacers won 105-87 to win the series 4-1.

The Pacers exploded for 36 points in the fourth quarter, with Darren Collison turning in an absolutely dominating period of play. He finished the night with 19 points on 9-10 shooting. Danny Granger led the Pacers with 25 points, while all Pacers starters but Paul George finished the game scoring in double figures.

Orlando was never expected to beat the Pacers without Dwight Howard, but the way in which they lost the series wasn't a good look. Allowing 36 points in your last quarter in the playoffs is just a terrible way to go out.

For more on the Pacers, check out Indy Cornrows and SB Nation Indiana. For more on the Magic, head over to Orlando Pinstriped Post and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Pacers Vs. Magic, NBA Playoffs 2012: Glen Davis' Eventful Final 2 Seconds

The Indiana Pacers edged the Orlando Magic in Game 4 to take a 3-1 lead in their 2012 NBA Playoffs first-round series, and all that happened only after Magic forward Glen Davis missed a turnaround jumper at the buzzer that would have tied the game in overtime. But that's not all that happened to Davis in the final series of the game. Here's a complete recap of Davis' final two seconds.

SEQUENCE 1: Davis is benched for the Magic's final play and is not happy about it.

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SEQUENCE 2: The Pacers defend the Magic's play well, and Orlando calls a timeout. Coach Stan Van Gundy reconsiders and puts Davis back in the game. Davis attempts, and misses, this game-tying shot.


SEQUENCE 3: Davis tries to get as much separation as possible on his fadeaway, and loses balance, falling all the way into the Magic bench.

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He's pretty lucky he fell right into a chair. Otherwise ... yeah.

For more on tonight's NBA action, stick with this StoryStream. For a fan's perspective on the Pacers and Magic, check out Indy Cornrows and Orlando Pinstriped Post. For complete coverage of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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Magic Vs. Pacers, NBA Playoffs 2012 Game 4 Final Score: Indiana Survives 101-99

Indiana held on through overtime to beat the Orlando Magic 101-99 in Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, taking a commanding 3-1 series lead and battling back after the Magic's agressive 17-point second-half comeback.

Pacers forward David West led all scorers with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Jason Richardson and Glen Davis combined for 49 points for Orlando. Indiana's second point lead was closed when Jameer Nelson hit a three-point play on a layup and foul by the Pacers' Roy Hibbert, his sixth of the game.

The Pacers started the overtime period with a 5-0 run thanks to two quick David West buckets, but Orlando would come back to tie the game twice, thanks to a three-pointer from Richardson. A foul on Jameer Nelson with 2.2 seconds left in a 99-99 game gave the Pacers the win on a pair of George Hill free throws.

For more on tonight's NBA action, stick with this StoryStream. For a fan's perspective on the Pacers and Magic, check out Indy Cornrows and Orlando Pinstriped Post. For complete coverage of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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NBA Playoffs 2012, Magic Vs. Pacers Final Score: Orlando Steals Game 1, 81-77

The Indiana Pacers were supposed to roll past the Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series. But after going cold late in Game 1 and falling, 81-77, to Orlando, the Pacers find themselves in a hole.

The Magic held the Pacers scoreless for the final 4:05 of the fourth quarter, and allowed just one made basket in the final 7:54 of play, while closing on a 11-0 run. Jason Richardson and Jameer Nelson tied for the Orlando lead in points, with 17 each; Richardson made two threes during that run, and Nelson had four points in the fourth quarter.

But this game was about the Pacers' collapse, and about the struggles Indiana's star players dealt with from the field. Danny Granger's 17 points came on 7-for-20 shooting; Paul George made 4-of-11 from the floor. Roy Hibbert flirted with a triple-double -- and the NBA playoff record for blocked shots in a game -- but finished with eight points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.

David West had 19 points to lead Indiana. Game 2 in the series will be played on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

For more on the Orlando Magic, visit SB Nation's Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post and SB Nation Tampa Bay. For more on the Indiana Pacers, visit SB Nation's Pacers blog Indy Cornrows and SB Nation Indiana. For more on the 2012 NBA Playoffs check out SB Nation's dedicated NBA hub.

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